Wolverines split district doubleheader with St. Joe

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times

So, so close.
On Wednesday morning, East Webster baseball coach Wes Johnson was
still lamenting about what could have been on Tuesday night.

His Wolverines were one strike away from sweeping a crucial district
doubleheader with Madison St. Joe. That sweep would have essentially
put East Webster in control of its own fate as the regular season
winds down.

But, it just wasn’t to be.

EW beat St. Joe 8-2 in the first game, but squandered an 8-3 lead in
the seventh inning to drop the second game 9-8. “We had our chances,”
Johnson said. “We just couldn’t throw strikes. We walked five and hit
one.”

While both games were played at East Webster, St. Joe was the
designated home team for the second game. The Bruins trailed 8-5 with
the bases loaded and two outs and two strikes on the batter in the
bottom of the seventh, when they delivered a three-run double to tie
the game. St. Joe then won the game in the bottom of the eighth.

“That’s a tough one to swallow when you are are just one strike
away,” Johnson said. “We have now lost two division games and
shouldn’t have lost either one of them.” The other league loss came
3-1 to PIsgah.

The Wolverines are now 12-5 overall and 4-2 in league play and are in
a three-way tie for second behind Ackerman.

After visiting Nanih Waiya for a non-league game at 1 p.m. on
Saturday, East Webster plays Ackerman twice next week in a pair of
key league games.

Tyler Doss picked up the win on the mound for EWHS in the 8-2 win
over Madison St. Joe on Tuesday, while John Walker Williams had two
hits. Miller Hancock had an RBI double for the winners, while Derek
Jones delivered an RBI single.

In the second game, McKinley Hollenhead had two singles, while
Williams smacked a two-run double and Jack Wilson had an RBI bunt
single.

Last Thursday East Webster dropped a 3-2 decision toCalhoun City.
Williams and Wilson had doubles for EW, while Codie McGhee had an RBI
single.